In 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4, St. Paul talks about the end of time, when Christ will come again to the earth. First those who have died, St. Paul says, will be physically raised from the dead; and then those who remain, who have not yet physically died, will be physically caught up into the clouds with Christ to remain with Him forever. This being caught up is often referred to as the Rapture. However there is another kind of rapture I want to talk about. A very common kind of rapture, one that we all experience, a rapture that makes it difficult for us to pay attention to God in our heart, a rapture that does not allow us to prepare for the Rapture. What I am talking about is the rapture, or the being caught up in and by, the busyness (or the business) of life.
A wise Protestant Christian once said that you won’t be raptured with Christ on the Last Day if you are not enraptured with Christ today. I think that’s pretty good. Who you are striving to be today (even if you are failing—and we are all failing) is who you will be on the Last Day. What enraptures us today determines how we will experience the Rapture of the Last Day, no matter when or how that takes place.